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Here come the motorcycles: Spring Flood Run kicks off riding season
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Here come the motorcycles: Spring Flood Run kicks off riding season

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Thousands of motorcyclists will kick off the unofficial start of the Minnesota riding season during the “Spring Flood Run” Saturday, April 20. The route takes riders along the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.

Motorists need to use extra caution this weekend with thousands of motorcyclists riding between the Twin Cities and Winona for the event. Riders should take safety into their own hands and motorists are encouraged to always look twice for motorcycles.

Riders also should watch for dangerous spring riding conditions as the April snow melts. Snow run-off freezes at night, pavement is uneven and there is sand and gravel at intersections and turns.

To ensure a safe riding environment, law enforcement agencies in southeast Minnesota will have patrols out during the event. The Minnesota State Patrol will also have troopers patrolling the area.

“Riders and other motorists need to work together and share the road to prevent deadly crashes,” said Lt. Gordon Shank, Minnesota State Patrol. “Taking small steps like putting on your helmet and protective gear or looking twice for motorcyclists before pulling out into an intersection could save another person’s life, or your own.”

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Center (DPS-MMSC) offers these safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists:

Motorists:

Watch for motorcycles. Speed and distance is difficult to judge due to their smaller size.

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